Sunday, August 14, 2016
Nihilism in Romance
I don’t use little used, cutsy words that much so I like to remind myself. The definition I want to use is:
Nihilism: 3a The belief that all existence is senseless…
Modified for romance: The belief that love cannot be found for either the hero or heroine or both.
Some might say, that’s farfetched, yet it shows up in almost every romance novel! It’s a trope that helps worry the readers and helps bind them to the characters. Right? Yes, except when it is done without some originality or little respect for the characters history and way they face the world.
In Summer in the City, a Hallmark movie, 2016, the heroine has been burnt in the pass by a fiancée who cheated on her, so she pushes away the hero. She also rationalizes that she must be about her job and has no time for romance.The hero has been burnt “many” times but only takes this as a challenge to try harder to find the right person. You can just see his mind working overtime when he first sees her (and thereafter).
I enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it. Here's a short preview:https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KIo9fKybBXqQsAbnv7w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTEwNnZ0NnY5BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDQjI0MTYEZ3BvcwMx?p=summer+in+the+city+hallmark&vid=68bfff6ad9453b6c5840dbeb7aa3db9f&turl=https%3A%2F%2Ftse2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOVP.V28973eda825b9b2f6f0cebfc9986d294%26pid%3D15.1%26h%3D168%26w%3D300%26c%3D7%26rs%3D1&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dgl-xxLGod8w&tit=Preview+-+Summer+In+The+City+-+Hallmark+Channel&c=0&h=168&w=300&l=36&sigr=11bv2itbb&sigt=11f32af79&sigi=132bj8j2m&age=1469829323&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&fr=ush-mailn_02&tt=b